Shakespeare in the Park

One of my favorite things about living in a college town is all the free events that I get to incorporate into our homeschooling. The theater program's Shakespeare in the Park is one that we recently discovered. This year's production was Romeo and Juliet. With Michael going into the 9th grade, we just had to…

Lemons

Life has been kind of sour for us this year, but this post isn't about a metaphor. Aldi's had a 2 pound bag of lemons for only .99! I don't like lemons or lemonade or really anything that tastes like lemons. It's a side effect of having to use lemon scented cleaning products my whole…

Starting Summer (School)

I believe that learning takes place year round. I'm sorry, but that's how I've always been. When I was in school, I would beg my mom to buy me workbooks or I would read the encyclopedia (I hate phrases that show my age...) to try to learn something new. I. AM. A. NERD. And I…

Take Them Hiking

Despite being overweight, one of our favorite activities has always been hiking and that is an enjoyment that we have been able to share with our oldest children. It is not easy to go hiking with a baby, so it had been a few years since we had indulged ourselves in this free family activity. Three-year-olds,…

May Wrap Up

The end of May is here already!!! Can you believe it? A lot has gone on this month and I am so ready for summer! Here's my 5 most popular posts during the month of May: 5) From the Surviving Food Insecurity series: Grow Your Own. This series meant so much to me and I…

Hi-Yah!

I haven't forgotten about Auggie's travel through our library's 100 Books to Read Before Kindergarten list. It has been a while since I've posted, but I knew that summer was coming and with summer comes the summer reading program and the summer lunch program. We are going to be spending a lot of time at…

Oh, Yeah

Some books need an extension activity, some are merely enhanced by one, and some just connect with the reader. Jazz  Baby by Lisa Wheeler just clicked with my Auggie. The rhythm of the rhyme makes it impossible to not 'sing' the words and when the reader is engaged, so is the listener. The story and illustrations…

Preserving the Spirit

Continuing with sharing the children's public school stories, this is Lina. She is something else. She talks too much and, like her mother, has more blonde moments than brunette. She's overly dramatic. She's wonderfully weird. She wasn't made for public school. Like Michael, she went to head start with Ms. Minter. There weren't any behavior…

Square Pegs

I decided to branch out a bit from just talking about Auggie. My other two children have given me permission to put their images on Two Oats and to share their public school stories. This is Michael. There is a phrase that special needs moms use that really sums up Michael's experience: putting a square…

Lapbooks For Adulting

A lapbook is a folder that you use to organize info on a topic. It's usually a manila folder with little books and folds glued or taped onto it. It's really a homeschool tool. My kids didn't respond to it, so we don't use them.... Until now. A while ago I tried something called a…